Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, NY

We decided to take Route 20 back home on Sunday, and along the way, we saw a sign for Cooperstown down Rt. 80 so down we went and I’m glad we did! Rt. 80 runs down along Otsego Lake, a/k/a Glimmerglass, and it was gorgeous! We ended up stopping at the Fenimore Art Museum to see. . . the Grandma Moses (temporary) Exhibit!! Totally unexpected! Totally awesome! I love her artwork. Here’s just a couple of the pieces we saw: The Old Checkered House, 1959 from the New York State Historical Association’s Heritage magazine, Vol. 21:


And here’s her Sugaring Off, 1959 from the New York State Historical Association’s Heritage magazine, Vol. 21:


She used glitter in the above painting on the snow – it sparkled in the light, just like snow.  She got critized for this, along with painting her snow white – critics wanted the snow to be blue.  Blue?!  Whoever heard of blue snow?  I wonder where they were from that their snow was blue.  So she made her snow blue in one painting, and it looked unreal.  Oh well.  Don’t you just love the hominess and busy-ness of her paintings?

I also discovered another landscape artist that I love in the Cooper exhibit. They have the painting “Landscape Scene from Last of the Mohicans”, 1827, by Thomas Cole (1801-1848). You can see a poster of it here. No reprint does it justice. I couldn’t stop looking at the original – the colors and the details are phenomenal – right down to lichens on the boulders. I went searching for a Thomas Cole book with color reproductions, and found one on half.com via bookfinder.com (one of my favorite internet hangouts to find books at a good price). Can’t wait to get it – I know Media Mail takes forever – but I’ll be devouring the book when it arrives. In the meantime, I’m reading “The Last of the Mohicans” which goes along with the whole theme of my weekend anyway!

We need to go back to Cooperstown when have more time! Have you ever been to Cooperstown?